Review: Icey (Nintendo Switch)

ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action game. As you follow the narrator’s omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY’s eyes and learn the truth about her world.

Pros:

  • Anime graphics.
  • 1.6GB Download size.
  • Has its own built-in trophy system.
  • Voice over language- English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese.
  • 2D scrolling beat em up gameplay.
  • Difficulty- The game will ask a series of short questions and then suggest a difficulty for you.
  • Trophies will pop up as you earn them.
  • Starting tutorial.
  • Execute- Button prompt (A) doing this will reward you with a cool animation but also shields and HP.
  • Combo counter- As the number grows, Your power increases.
  • Cash- Earn from killing enemies and spend your cash at upgrade interfaces, You can see a short video on what each item is and is things like new moves, Combos or the usual increase health/shields.
  • You play screen by screen meaning you go off screen to advance.
  • Epic boss battles.
  • Infinite combo possibilities thanks to the extensive unlocks and upgrades options.
  • The whole interface for the game is done like a computer. You can use this to replay previous levels or quit out of the game and more(no spoilers)
  • Computer overlord that can take over your game and sometimes this can be a good thing but also can be a bad thing.
  • Find upgrades hidden in the game.
  • Fast combat that feels like a Platinum game.
  • The story is narrated to you as you play.
  • The game has a lot of verticality to it.
  • Map system.
  • Really good techno style soundtrack.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Easy to grasp the concept.
  • Looks gorgeous on the small screen.
  • A lot of replayability.

Cons:

  • No enemy health bars.
  • Takes a bit of getting used to the combat.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • No touchscreen.
  • Few obtuse sections.
  • No hitstun.
  • Enemies can juggle you far too easily and this is frustrating.
  • UI is not the best.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Solid game and a hell of a lot of fun to play. To me it played like a cut-down version O a side-scroller Bayonetta, Fast paced combat, Screen-filling bosses and clever level design, It all just worked out perfectly. The story is told in the way it does is a bit slow and can sometimes drag on but to be honest, you are so busy killing fools you hardly notice. Playing it handheld was the perfect fit for me but it still looked awesome on the big screen. I hate the fact enemies can juggle you but once I got better I found that less of an issue. Also, screenshots will not do this game justice, You owe it to your eyes to see this Baby in full motion. Another Indie darling has arrived on the Nintendo Switch.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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